ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine men treated the University of Maine-Presque Isle’s offense like UMPI’s nickname was Spotted Owls, not just Owls Thursday night.
Not only were field goals scarce for the Owls, field goal attempts were hard to come by as well.
The NCAA Division I Black Bears got off to a blistering start, shot a scalding 50.5 percent from the field, and never looked back en route to a 126-50 victory over the Division III Owls at Alfond Arena.
Eight UMaine players scored 10 points or more, led by Ryan Martin’s career-high 22 points. The freshman guard from Wayne hit six of 10 3-pointers and also dished out five assists.
Sophomore forward Troy Barnies was one of four Bears with a double-double as he finished with 16 points and a game-high 21 rebounds. Junior Sean McNally of Gardiner also had 10 points and 12 boards, Junior Bernal added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Svetoslav Chetinov added 10 points and 13 rebounds
Ronald Spencer led the 0-3 Owls with 23 points while freshman Ben Rosser of Caribou had 14.
The 4-4 Black Bears dealt the Owls a 1-2 knockdown punch combination in the first half, first from long distance by canning four of their first six 3-point attempts to help spark a game-starting 11-0 run, and second from inside as Barnies began attacking the post to lead a relentless rebounding effort.
Barnies hit eight of 14 shots and led the Bears in the first half with 16 points and 11 rebounds. He scored four baskets to fuel a 21-0 run that gave the Bears a 59-15 lead with 3:50 left in the half.
The Bears finished the first half with a 19-5 advantage on the offensive boards and a 40-15 overall rebounding edge as they went into halftime with a 69-24 lead.
McLemore and Martin paced Maine’s first half perimeter shooting with three 3-pointers apiece.